Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tangy Sloppy Joes

Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
6 hamburger buns, split

In a large skillet, cook the beef, celery, onion and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

Stir in the ketchup, chili sauce, sugars, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve on buns.

Tips and Tricks
In place of chili sauce, I used 8 ounces of low-sodium tomato sauce and a tablespoon of chili powder. I also omitted the celery and the salt. If you don't have cider vinegar, just about any other type of vinegar can be substituted. When chopping onions and pepper, chop extra and store in the freezer in ziploc bags for another day.
Make It Healthier
Omit the salt. Serve on whole wheat rolls. Use lean meat and rinse with water before adding sauce.
How Kids Can Help
Mix the sauce, fill the buns.

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